I'm glad to see John Joseph Adams is doing another project. Unfortunately, that leads me to doubt the quality of this story. The last time HT contributed to a JJA collection, it was "Someone is Stealing the Great Throne Rooms of the Galaxy." Turtle Fan (talk) 23:59, February 10, 2013 (UTC)
- There is a preview at the link. I found it to be far more entertaining than the little bit of SSGTRG I've been able to read. TR (talk) 01:28, February 11, 2013 (UTC)
The first part of FotG is included in the free Kindle sample, along with another story in its entirety and JJA's intro. From what I see I don't think it will be worth ten dollars, but I'll look elsewhere this weekend to see if I can read the story through other means. Basically the gist seems to be that someone refers to his son's fiancee as "Bridezilla" and inspires him to do some genetic engineering. It's written in the ham fisted comedy style that is sometimes quite good ("Miss Manners") and sometimes quite bad ("Throne Rooms"). Thus far it's inoffensive at least and has realistic aspirations of being amusing. Turtle Fan (talk) 18:39, March 8, 2013 (UTC)
- Easy enough to do. I remember seeing the collection in a bookstore when it first came out and reading the Turtledove story. I intended to wait for the book to be available at the library but forgot about it until I noticed it on the shelf. ML4E (talk) 17:27, November 30, 2013 (UTC)
Actually Happened to Me
Earlier this year I was shanghaied into a wedding party that was so over the top and ostentatious that it verged on obscene. And of course the amount of time and money I was compelled to waste on it was vast. I kind of stumbled onto this category and was reading the articles for the first time in years. It used to be funny but now I'm channeling all the anger and resentment I was forced to bite back on. Feels traumatizing.
The good news is I don't think I'll ever get roped into such nonsense again. My brother's hitched, my paternal cousins are all hitched, my maternal cousins all live far from me and I'm not close enough with any of them to be expected to take a flight, and my friends are all either married or old maids. In tne event of divorce or widowhood and remarriage, second weddings can be safely blown off if I don't approve. So I'm out of the woods completely till the next generation comes of age, and uncles generally just get to go along for the ride. Turtle Fan (talk) 18:45, 30 September 2021 (UTC)
- Waaaait whaaaat, are you already hitched? Or never intending to be? On the other hand, the groom has almost as little to do as the "Father of ..." Just agree with whatever the bride wants, show up on the wedding day and maybe take the occasional sip from a hip flask to keep up you nerve. ML4E (talk) 16:25, 1 October 2021 (UTC)
- My brother was the groom. They tied the knot in January and had a lovely inner for about 25 people, very civilized. Then in June came an obscene $400/plate bacchanal with enough superfluous add-ons to put a significant dent into NJ's unemployment figures. It's to the latter that I object (well, not the reduction in unemployment, but of course I exaggerate that particular benefit). Also, they're both in their late 30s, old enough that I wouldn't have thought they'd find all that fairytale bullshit amusing.
- Me, I'm an old maid. Even if I ever do get hitched in my gray hairs I would keep the bells and whistles to an appropriate minimum. Thus, there will be no opportunity to force my brother to go to similar lengths for my gratification. The lack of reciprocity probably eroded my patience for such nonsense significantly.
- In all seriousness, I've heard the old saw about "It's the bride's world, you're just living in it" and I just don't accept it. If both names appear on the invitations, the event should reflect the tastes and preferences of both. A successful marriage is a partnership of equals and there's no better time to start living that principle. At a minimum I would expect the groom to put his foot down if the bride wants to compel his friends and relatives to spend beyond their modest means to humor her taste for conspicuous consumption. Turtle Fan (talk) 19:16, 1 October 2021 (UTC)